NEW DELHI: Soon you will have the option of getting “certified” vegetarian food in Vande Bharat trains that run from Delhi to Katra and Varanasi, two lounges at New Delhi and Varanasi stations. This is the first such move by the railways ticketing and catering subsidiary, IRCTC, which will ensure that the vegetarian food items provided by the agency and its vendors are certified.
The IRCTC has collaborated with the Sattvik Council of India and trains to holy places will be “sattvik certified” and Vande Bharat will be the first such train. The newly launched theme-based train, Ramayan Express will also be another such certified train.
“As such IRCTC serves only vegetarian food in the Vande Bharat train which runs between Delhi and Katra. The new initiative is only to ensure that people opting for vegetarian foods from us and our vendors can rest assured that it’s 100% vegetarian from the source to the table. There will also be an option for passengers to get Jain food,” said an official, who did not wish to be named.
As per the plan, IRCTC base kitchens, executive lounges, budget hotels, food plazas, fast food units and platforms would also be Sattvik certified to ensure vegetarian-friendly travel.

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